NC House of Representatives District 107
The North Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House of Representatives consists of 120 members who serve a term of two years. Each member represents an average of 79,462 residents, as of the 2010 Census. The presiding officer of the House of Representatives is the Speaker of the House, who holds powers similar to those of the Senate President pro-tem. The Speaker is elected by the members from their membership for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties include maintaining order in the House and appointing members to the House standing committees.The North Carolina General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to convene a new regular session every two years, and the dates for these sessions are set by law. The NC legislature makes decisions on the budget: taxes, tax credits, economic development, education funding, Pre-K, the courts, Medicaid, etc. It also passes laws that set environmental standards such as water and air quality, tax rates, tax credits, criminal justice. Legislators in both chambers serve two-year terms without term limits. Sessions begin at noon on the third Wednesday after the second Monday in January.
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1. What do you see as your most important priority if you are elected? [Youtube video for this question or text or both].
2. Education policy and funding issues have been in the news lately. What are your views and priorities on how this should be addressed in the coming year?
3. Tax policy can be used to address many issues –giving subsidies to companies coming to NC, balancing the needs of urban and rural areas, providing family support such as the earned-income tax credit, etc. What are your views about the tax policies in NC?
4. Many communities in North Carolina are experiencing significant violence. Do you think that changes to the laws in our state would improve safety in our communities?
I believe in finding practical solutions to problems and in representing the interests of my constituents to the best of my ability
Reform of our marijuana laws. Its time for NC to legalize adult-use and reap the tax benefits of legalization
Its time to learn from the COVID experience, bringing together online and in-person learning. This means that we need to build out our high-speed internet network, lower the cost to improve the take-up rate, and train teachers to navigate this new environment. Funding should come from the general fund, to raise education salaries closer to the national average.
We need to move away from the "landing a big fish" mentality and concentrate on helping our existing businesses to grow. Payroll protection grants, apprenticeship programs, technology innovation grants are all programs that can be focused on existing small businesses in order to jump-start growth.
We need to put more early intervention tools into our toolbox to address the conditions that are the cause of violence. We also need to demilitarize our police force, so that police are seen as facilitators of peaceful solutions first. We should make police personnel records more transparent so that we can track individuals with records of abusive and/or violent behavior. No knock warrants should be outlawed, except in hostage rescue situations. Body camera and dash cameras should be mandatory in all nonundercover law enforcement situations. Public release of camera footage should be guaranteed to media and political supervisory bodies of police.
I am proud to be a Republican that supports our Constitutions, Federal and state.
Amend the Emergency Powers Act so no Governor can ever again pull the dictatorial stunt that Cooper did in North Carolina.
We must have school choice so every parent can decide where they child attends. This includes the per pupil allotment and the separate but substantial facilities allotment totaling over $11,000 per student per annum at last count. That is enough to pick a private school, religious, charter, homeschool, virtual, or other choice beside public school. All of those other market choices will expand to fill need and grow until the market reaches equilibrium. Let's not pretend we are draining funds from public schools. We homeschooled because of the terrible treatment we received upon trying to enroll in our local elementary school. Best decision we ever made. Our allotment still went to the local public school he was supposed to attend. They earned that money for providing nothing. The current system is doomed to failure as witnessed by the COVID response and the ineptitude at providing remote learning. We need a new paradigm for education.
We need a FAIR tax. We need to end all loopholes, lobbying and rewarding legislators for leaving office to take cushy jobs for firms they regulated. We need to stop subsidizing winners over loser. We need more of a market-based economy and get government out of people's lives. We have 60+ different taxes that are killing our lowest income families. Enough is enough.
Yes. We need more police, more training, better equipment, more community education of how to behave, why not to commit crimes, how to act when detained, and keep violent offenders in prison instead of throwing them back onto the streets. As a former criminal defense investigator in murder cases I can tell you that over 99% of my clients were guilty and had no business being free, most were sentenced to prison, but should have gotten the death penalty. Until we get serious about felons, they will continue to destroy lives.
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